Mariners Leave Town On Quiet NoteJuly 15th, 2012 by terrybenish
Friday night the Mariners lost 3-2 as a late surge was cut short by some bad coaching by third base coach Jeff Datz.
Saturday night Mariners pound Rangers 7-0. Behind Felix’s scintillating twelve strikeout shutout.
The lineup was: Ackley, Ichiro, Wells, Jaso, Saunders, Smoak, Seager, Peguero, Ryan. Lots of aggression and good at bats.
Today the Mariners lost 4-0 to the Rangers. The game was over in the top of the first with the nibbling, fearful pitching of Hisashi Iwakuna.
Worse than the starting pitching was the lineup: Ryan, Ichiro, Wells, Montero, Smoak, Seager, Olivo and Figgins.
I have no idea how Wedge thought that lineup and pitcher could win today. Seager and Wells are the only players in that lineup that would play for another team in the majors now.
I was told by the senior of most senior writers in this market to stop being critical of other reporters and columnists that cover the Mariners. Oh, well.
Larry Stone puts out over 1,500 words on how the Mariners season is “unraveling”. If that is so, its time to dump the Olivos, Figgins, Ichiro and send Smoak to Tacoma.
Remember up above the great game last night and the Friday night game where they were in a position to win, except for a coach’s error?
“Well, Larry then writes, “Remember back earlier this season when it looked like they were making some real, tangible progress at the plate? Not so much anymore.”
Larry wasn’t at the park Friday and Saturday, the stories were written by an intern instead and I guess if Larry is not there, well it doesn’t count.
Larry is the guy that wrote this winter that he expected Ichiro to return to his greatness because he was a prideful guy. Well players get old and have to retire. Larry has not admitted he was wrong yet.
Given the Times horrific efforts to “report” the story around the potential new basketball/hockey arena in Seattle, this starts to look like the two guys that have run the franchise into the ground Howard Lincoln and Chuck Armstrong want attention diverted from then and this looks like a preemptive strike.
It is tiresome.